Projects

Last updated: 8/31/2021 (These are all tentative projects for 2021/2022. There may be some changes before registration opens in September.)

Titles in parenthesis are Del Arroyo titles only, the 4honline website will not include the parenthetical titles.

Please make sure to sign up for projects in person at our open house or the first club meeting. You may also sign up online through the google form that will be mailed out in the newsletter.


Arts & Crafts

Project Leader: Aura-Lee Carmichael
Teen Leader: Isabella S.
Junior Leader: Rowan C.
Project Description: For this project, members will be creating individual art for entry into the County Fair. This year we will be doing Acrylic paint pouring, Graffiti Tag art, and much more. I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful art you will all create!
There will be one to two meetings per month. All meetings will be about three hours.
Meeting Days/Times: Starts in January, Saturdays. Times TBD
Cost: $25/meeting
Meeting Location: Del Valle High School, 2253 Fifth Street, Livermore, CA.
Age Limit: 10 and up.


Foods: Cooking (Cooking Throw-down Challenge)

Leader: Ashley Wheeler

Meetings: Virtual via Zoom 

Description: Do you love to cook? Or maybe just watch food network? In this project we will be learning different cooking techniques and then combining those with our “mystery ingredients” to make a new and exciting dish each meeting! Members will be asked to rank each dish they make on taste, appearance, and presentation. You may recruit family members to be taste testers!

Age Limit?: 9 or comfortable cooking independently

Number of Participants limited to: 15


Biking

Project Leader: Jillian Cullins 

Teen Leader: Savannah Cullins

Project Description: Riding a bicycle is great for transportation and a fun way to exercise! Whether you like biking with friends, riding for transportation, or fixing bicycles, the 4-H Bicycle Project could be the perfect match for you! Learn the essentials for getting started safely and successfully, including bike maintenance and repair, and road rules to make riding safe and fun. Take off with the 4-H bicycle project and discover the joys of riding a bike.

Meeting Days/Times: Monthly meetings on Sunday afternoons, exact time TBD

Cost: Free

Meeting Location: TBD, Livermore, CA.

Age Limit: None but must be able to ride a 2 wheel bike.


General Engineering (Lego)

General Engineering : Lego 

Project Leader: Jillian Cullins 

Teen Leader: TBD

Project Description: Have fun building with Legos with your 4-H friends! Learn about various building techniques to create projects to share with the group.

Meeting Days/Times: Mondays 6:30-7:30 Dec 6th, Dec 13th, Dec 20th, Jan 10th, Jan 17th, Jan 24th

Number of Participants limited to: 10

Cost: Free

Meeting Location: Cullins Family Home, Livermore, CA.

Age Limit: 5 and up


Shooting Sports: Archery

Project ​Leaders: Project Leaders Needed! Contact Ashley Wheeler for training info!
Teen Leaders:
Project Description: Members will learn range safety, parts of the bow, arrow, safety equipment, how to repair arrows, maintain the equipment, and of course how to shoot and score targets. You do not need to own your bow.
Ages: 9 and up (Members must be 9 years old as of December 31)
Limit: 35.
Cost: $10 fee and members are expected to buy their own arrows (typically $30-$50 for a set of 6). The project has some arrows that can be borrowed until you buy your own.
Meet times and locations: TBD – You are not expected to make every meeting, but you are expected to get at least 6 hours of target practice to complete the project with 100% attendance.


Dance: Square Dance

Project Leader: Margaret Miller
Teen Leader: Isabela S. Junior Leader: Rowan C.
Project Description: Learn basic square dancing and some western dancing. Returning members will learn more advanced calls and additional line dances. This is a county wide project open to the entire family. New classes start September 6.
Project Website
Meeting Day/Time: Thurs 7-8:30pm more experienced dancers till 9:30pm
Meeting Location: Del Valle High School 2253 Fifth St Livermore
Approx. Cost: $10 per month. Age Limit: 8 years and up.


Communication: Poetry

Project Leader: Liliana W. (Teen)
Adult co-leader: Ashley Wheeler
Project Description: Hi everyone! This project will be covering a variety of poems including haikus, traditional, freeform, blackout, cutout, and collages, to name a few. This is going to be a very chill and calm atmosphere, so please take that into consideration. Even if you are not a writer or a poet yet, don’t worry. Anyone can be a writer, and it is a skill that improves with experience. As a side note, please do not inhibit others’ creative flow, and be respectful at all times. Come join us on our journey through the wonderful and exciting land of poetry, words, and creativity!
Please bring your own notebook/pad and pen or pencil.
Approx Cost: none
Ages: 9 & up (exceptions can be made for interested children that can independently read and write)
Limit: 10
Meeting Day/Time: TBD
Location: Zoom / Virtual


Outdoor Adventure : Hiking

Project Leader: TBD

Teen Leader: TBD

Project Description: Spend some time enjoying the outdoors with your 4-H friends! 

Meeting Days/Times: Weekends at various parks & trails around Livermore

Number of Participants limited to

Cost: Free

Age Limit: none


Line dance

Leader: Margaret Miller

Description: Learn various line dances while social distancing

Meetings: Livermore, In-person 

Age Limit?: 7

Number of Participants limited to: 8

Cost of Project: None


Public Speaking: Presentations

Project Leader: Rich Hunt
Project Description: The ability to give excellent presentations is a key life skill. In this project, you will prepare and practice a 4-H presentation to give at Presentation Day. Become a confident public speaker and earn credit towards your star ranks!
Meeting Day/ Time: Meet Nov-Feb on weekday evenings.
Meeting Location: Hunt Residence / Zoom
Approx. Cost: $10 for poster board
Member Limit: 10.
Age Limit: 4t​h​ grade and up.


Aerospace & Rocketry

Project Leader: Still Needed! 

Project Description: The rocketry project is a combination of lecture and physics by LUNAR leader Jack Hagerty ,discussion,  show and tell, and hands on assembling of a model rocket from a kit. The 4 – H members paint and decorate their rocket , and can attend one or more rocket launches scheduled on Saturday mornings in the spring depending on covid restrictions. 

Approx Cost: $15

 Ages: All

 Meeting Day/Time: Meets 5 times 

Meeting Location: TBD – Del Valle High or Zoom


Clothing & Textiles : Beginning Sewing  – Virtual

Leader: Ashley Wheeler

Description: In this project we will be learning how to sew using a sewing machine! All members must have access to a sewing machine. I do have one available to loan out if needed. We will be going over the basics of sewing and using a pattern and making a few fun projects. Members must be able to thread the machine they are using.

Meetings: Virtual via Zoom

Age Limit?

Number of Participants limited to: 15

Cost of Project: varies

Other things you should know: Any child that is comfortable using a sewing machine independently is welcome to join. The cost will vary with the materials you choose. I will try to keep project costs low.


Communication: (Writing)

Project Leader: Liliana W. (Teen)
Adult co-leader: Ashley Wheeler
Project Description: The writing project will meet once a month, as a way to receive feedback, constructive criticism, and encouragement for and about their writing. We will also be participating in NaNoWriMo in November. Any and all types of writing are welcome including school projects or essays, poetry, short stories, novels, creative writing, transformative work, nonfiction, speeches, scripts, screen plays, and more.
Approx Cost: none
Ages: 12& up
Limit: 10
Meeting Day/Time: TBD
Location: Zoom/Virtual & in Person
Requirements: Must bring your own pens, paper, journal or notebook. Must be kind and respectful of others’ work.


Primary Members (Cloverbud Crafts)

Colver bud Crafts

Ages: 5-9 years old

Project meeting time: 3:30pm-4:30pm, the first Thursday of the month

Max: 12 kids

Cost: $20/child

Teen Leader wanted!

Monthly project meetings will rotate between a directed project and maker stations. Below is a

tentative list of what the directed projects will be. The directed projects will strive to cover a

new medium or craft skill each time. At maker station meetings a variety of supplies will be

available and project participants will be able to use the supplies to create their own works of

art.


Hobbies (Genealogy)

Beginning Genealogy – In Person 

Project Leaders: Cindy Wheeler

 Teen Leaders: wanted! 

 Project Description: Learn how to find out about your family history! We will explore family trees, artifacts, pictures, stories, recipes, and more! Will involve family interaction. 

Ages: All ages welcome

Limit: 

Cost: $10


Hobbies: Tabletop Games (Board Games)

Project Leader: TBD

Teen Leader: TBD

Project Description: Do you love to play board games? In this project we will be playing various games with our 4-H group. We will play D&D, Magic the gathering, Werewolf, and other popular strategy board games. 

Meeting Days/Times:TBD

Number of Participants limited to: 12

Cost: Free

Age Limit: 9 & up 


Fiber Arts

Project Leader: Dara Gribi

Teen Leader:

Project Description: Learn to create crafts that use fiber as a medium. Mainly learn to needle felt relief and sculptures but may explore other types of fiber arts.

Meeting Days /Times: TBD

Number of Participants: 6

cost : TBD

Age Limit: 12 & up (or younger with leader approval)


Entomology

Project Leader: Dara Gribi

Teen Leader:

Project Description: Learn to collect, identify, care and possibly mount insects. Learn about insect’s individual traits and habitats, and their relationship with humans in their uses and control.

Meeting Days/Times: TBD

Number of Participants:

Cost: TBD

Age Limit: None


Animals

Bees (Beekeeping)

Project Leader: Jennifer Vandersall
Junior Leaders: Valerie and Vinnie V.
Project Description: We will learn about bees and the challenges that they face in today’s environment. We will visit hives and taste the fruits of their labors. ​We will be establishing and caring for hive bees at Hagemann Ranch.
Approx Cost: ​$15 for protective gear and care of bees.
Ages: 9 & up.
Limit: 15.
Meeting Day/Time: Project will be mostly in the Spring when the bees are more active
Meeting Location: Zoom & Hagemann Ranch


Cavies (Guinea Pigs)

Project Leader: Ashley Wheeler
Teen Leader: Lucy Nicholson
Project Description: Have fun learning about cavies with us! Cavies are also known as guinea pigs. We will learn showmanship for cavy shows and the county fair as well as how to properly care for your animals. It is recommended that kids in the project have a guinea pig, but it isn’t a requirement. We can also help with choosing a cavy if you would like to get one but don’t have one by the beginning of the project.
Approx Cost:​ ​TBD
Meeting Day/Time:​ ​TBD
Meeting Location: Zoom
Member Limit: 12
Age Limit: primary and up


Dog: (Training and Care)

Project Leader: Laura Finco
Assistant Leaders: ​Kristen Salcedo​
Teen Leaders: OPEN
Project Description: This project focuses on training our dogs to be canine good citizens. The goal is to exhibit in the county youth dog show at the Alameda County Fair in obedience, Rally, agility, and junior showmanship. Anyone interested in learning good dog skills is welcome. Members will be encouraged to participate in the County Dog Medalist program. Dog ownership is preferable.
Ages: 9-19 years.
Cost: minimal, depending upon level of participation.
Required Equipment: flat collar, training collar, six foot training leash (preferably cloth or leather) with the option of showmanship collar and leash; water bowl, treat bag, and treats for outdoor training classes.
Meetings: Tentative, usually Thursday afternoons 5:15-6pm with the advanced group going a little longer. Meet at ABBA Dogs training yard in Springtown.


Equine – Horse (Beginning)

Leader: Donna Costa
Assistant Leader: Stephanie Rawlins
Teen Leader: Amanda R.​
Project Description: Meetings will cover health and well being of a horse, conformation/breeds, grooming, equipment, riding gaits/ability, Western/English horsemanship, play days, how to trailer a horse and guest speakers. You do not need to own a horse to participate in this project. Most of the horses we work with are rescue horses. This project is more about basic horsemanship than showing, so preparation for the ​4H​ Horse show is not the main focus.

Equine – Horse: Advanced Horse

Leader: Donna Costa
Assistant Leader: Stephanie Rawlins
Teen Leader: Amanda R.
Project Description: Meetings will cover in more depth all items listed in Beginning Equine. This project is more about good horsemanship than showing.
Ages: Any age is welcome but only members that are 9 (as of Dec 31st) can ride during meetings.
Cost: TBD-there will be a small fee.
Members should have boots (preferably cowboy boots or riding boots) and a protective helmet. This project meets once a month in Livermore on Saturday evenings at Hagemann Ranch off Olivina


Poultry (For Exhibition)

Leader: Kristen Salcedo

Poultry For Exhibition- In Person

Project Description: Purebred bantam chickens are encouraged but not required. Learn how to choose a bird, showmanship procedure and common showmanship questions. See how good feeding, cages, grooming and training can improve your showmanship. Contact Leader (ksalcedo@pacbell.net) for dates and locations so you can acquire project animals.

Ages: 9 & up.

Meetings: Mondays once a month

Member Limit : 8

Contact Leader (ksalcedo@pacbell.net) for dates and locations so you can observe for fall shows.


Rabbits

Rabbit with Ribbon
Best of show

Leader: Dara Gribi ​
Teen Leaders: Lucy N. and Lily W.
Junior Leaders: Lucas G. and Savannah S.
Project Description: This is a show project only, members must either own or plan on purchasing a show rabbit prior to ownership cut-off date Fair and/or Open shows. Members may raise animals for market, fur or show. Members will learn the different breeds and varieties of rabbits, proper feeding and grooming techniques, be able to identify rabbit equipment, as well as design a plan for preparing rabbits for show and proper rabbit showmanship. Members will be required to attend at least one ARBA show outside of fair.
Ages: All ages.
Cost: $20 for education supplies and project own equipment.
Meets: Meet 1s​ t​ Wednesday, 6:30 Del Valle High School / Zoom


Pets Small Animals

Project Leader: Ashley Wheeler
Teen Leader: Liliana Wheeler
Project Description: This project will teach a little bit about all of the different small animal species 4H focuses on. And maybe some that 4-H doesn’t focus on too! We will have visitors come from the different small animal projects to show us their animals and teach us about them. Then we will do a related craft or activity. This project will be geared towards younger kids but older members are welcome.
Meeting Day/Time: TBD – Likely on Saturdays
Approx. Cost: $10
Member Limit: 15
Age Limit: all ages welcome


Dog Care for Primaries – In Person

Project Leader: Kristen Salcedo

Project Description: Dog ownership not required. Learn the basics of dog breeds, ownership, grooming, and health. Members will be encouraged to enter a fantasy pet or poster in the Alameda County Fair.

 Meeting Day/Time: Monday afternoons (30 minutes) parent participation encouraged

Approx. Cost: Minimal

Member Limit: 6

Age Limit: 5-8

Poultry for Primaries- In Person

Project Leader: Kristen Salcedo

Project Description: Pure bred bantam chicken ownership is encouraged but not required. Learn basics of chicken ownership, show prep, and health. Members will be encouraged to enter showmanship or poster in the Alameda County Fair. 

Meeting Day/Time: Monday afternoons (30 minutes) parent participation encouraged

Approx. Cost: Minimal

Member Limit: 6

Age Limit: 5-8

County Wide Projects

***To join a county wide project you need to select “County Wide” as a club to see the project options on 4honline. You will then need to contact the project leader and your club leader because the online system doesn’t give them a roster for county wide projects. ***

Rising Stars – County Wide Project – Virtual 

Project Leaders: Barbara Butko

barb.butko@gmail.com

Project Description: Design and execute an outreach project to bring awareness of 4-H to the community. Activities could include planning and work parties and related field trips. Learn teamwork,    leadership, public speaking and citizenship.

Ages: 11 – 14 years old or 6 th – 9 th grade,

Meet: First Wed of each month @ 6:30

Location: Virtual


Writing: College & Career Prep Project

Project Leader: Liz McWhorter

Ages: 13-18

Project Summary:

This project is for 4-H members ages 13-18. It is a writing project with a focus on work-based learning. You will learn about and draft 5 writing pieces / templates that will help you in your upcoming college and career searches — a practice college app essay, scholarship app essay, a job-ready resume, a cover letter, and a professional thank you note. The project runs from Nov. to Mar., and sessions will be 1 hr long — with instruction, writing, and 1:1 feedback. The instructor/leader is a 4-H volunteer and college rep with work-based learning expertise, WOW writing certification, college scholarship application reviewing experience, hiring committee experience, and writing instruction experience. She has instructed/coached students from middle school to grad school age.

Meeting dates/times : Monthly Nov-March

Required Equipment*

– Personal laptop or tablet equipped for essay/resume/note writing

– Word processing software (Microsoft Word, Google Docs)

– Good to have: Laptop/tablet charger, headphones

*If a member doesn’t have access to the required equipment but is interested in participating in the Project, please notify the Project Leader; she is happy to help connect you with free loaner equipment through her community partners.


Alameda County Tech Project

Leader:

Description: The Tech project learn how to start, build, and present, something  using today’s technology. Software and hardware projects are available. Meetings are on Wednesdays.